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The rhetoric of science

Author: Alan G Gross
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Alan Gross applies the principles of rhetoric to the interpretation of classical and contemporary scientific texts to show how they persuade both author and audience. This consideration of the ways in which scientists--from Copernicus to Darwin to Newton to James Watson--establish authority and convince one another and us of the truth they describe may very well lead to a remodeling of our understanding of science  Read more...
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Gross, Alan G.
Rhetoric of science.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)767791455
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan G Gross
ISBN: 9780674768765 0674768760
OCLC Number: 36098588
Notes: "With a new preface by the author"--Cover.
Description: xxxvi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Rhetorical analysis --
Analogy in science --
Taxonomic language --
The tale of DNA --
Style in biological prose --
The arrangement of the scientific paper --
Copernicus and revolutionary model building --
Newton's rhetorical conversion --
Peer review and scientific knowledge --
The origin of The origin --
The emergence of a social norm --
The social drama of recombinant DNA.
Responsibility: Alan G. Gross.

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Gross makes his case for a rhetorical analysis of science with impressive virtuosity. His examples range from Copernican astronomy to contemporary peer review, from optics to oncology, and from Read more...

 
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